August 30th, 2010
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Glenn Beck's 'Honor' rally: What you missed

 People flocked to the National Mall and Lincoln Memorial to hear conservative commentator Glenn Beck speak at his ‘Restoring Honor’ rally.
People flocked to the National Mall and Lincoln Memorial to hear conservative commentator Glenn Beck speak at his ‘Restoring Honor’ rally.

(CNN) – Conservative commentator Glenn Beck says his revival-style rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday was about restoring America's honor and returning the country to the values on which it was founded.

Tens of thousands of people showed up for the event, which also featured former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Beck insists the rally was nonpolitical, but the event, which took place on the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, and in the same place, was not without controversy.

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  1. Vic of New York

    Religion: The root of all evil in the world

    Right Wing Religion: Satan passing an apple to the simple-minded.

    August 30, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    How can someone without honor, like Beck, hold an "honor" rally?

    August 30, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. Jon S.

    Ludicrous – only in America do we witness the embarrassing spectacle of white people "taking back" anything, using the civil rights struggle as their model. Fortunately, judging by the numbers, this lunacy is limited to a negligible percentage of our population.

    August 30, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. MC

    Whats scary is that there are people out there that believe this clown. Easier to listen to BS then to check the facts and actually learn the truth. What has happened in this country that a hate monger like this has a following....how sad.

    August 30, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. Ryan

    People didn't flock to this event. Racist rednecks did. Big difference.

    August 30, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. Living in America

    Wow restoring values on which it was founded. I almost fell outta my chair when this lady said we need to go back to the day when kids went to school in log cabins. Wow such romantism about the good ole days when diseases were rampid, no refrigeration, no toliets, no cars, folks were going from place to place in a wagon train in the freezing winters. I bet she is happy to get in her car to go home and cut on the air conditioning and cable. She has been watching too much Little House on the Praire. Since this country was founded on religious freedom why are folks having a fit about the mosque. Where was the honor in this country the way that they treated the Hurricaine Katrina victims?

    August 30, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I am reminded that Beck is not the first crazy man in history that had a big following. It is hard to believe that God is on the side of these multimillionaires who care nothing about the poor and homeless.

    August 30, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  8. Debby

    Oh please CNN this is old news you had this all over your website all weekened. Becks rally was great just admit it.

    August 30, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. jay

    One had a dream, and one had a scheme, he's laughing all the way to the Bank.

    August 30, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. Dis-gusted

    If Beck wants to "restore honor to America," then he and Palin should do a dissappearing act. Ann Rice is right. If the likes of Glen Beck and Sarah Palin are our best examples of Christianity, then who needs it!

    August 30, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. Independent

    Didn't watch it, didn't miss a thing...I wouldn't walk across the street to see this man..

    August 30, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. Jim

    "Beck insists the rally was nonpolitical..."

    I actually agree with Beck on this point. For him, this is strictly a business venture. Beck clearly understands that fools and their money are soon parted.

    August 30, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. ABM

    I did not miss a thing. I would NEVER watch or listen to this person or anyone who supports him.

    The people who attended were getting brainwashed. Sad....Very sad....

    August 30, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. amazed

    How about getting back to education an freedom? Stupid is as stupid says.......

    August 30, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. Susan in Arkansas

    After reading several articles on the coverage of this event, as well as the comments made by Mr. Beck, I make the following observation: As a white, middle-class, retired, practicing Christian female who normally votes for the democrat party, there is only one True God. It doesn't matter if you are a believer in the Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Mormon, etc. faiths, there is only one True God. Mr. Beck's comments that we should return to God are puzzling, to say the least. If we are to return to God, we should embrace out neighbors, regardless of their religous, cultural or ethnic views. Observing the photos of those attending and speaking at this event, I would submit that its purpose was not fulfilled. That fact that Mr. Beck stated that he did not realize the date he chose coincided with the anniversary of Reverend King's famous speech, demonstrates just how out of touch he is...or just a bald-faced liar.

    August 30, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Rodney Wright

    Beck Off, beck to the 17 hundreds that is what they mean when
    they say take our country back! how far beck

    August 30, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Glenn Beck is sly like a fox. He hid his his intolerance and hate behind three of the most cherished symbols of the conservative and Tea Party movements: God, family vaules, and patriotism.

    August 30, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. Independent In Albany

    The rally lost any credibility whatsoever once Palin was invited to speak

    August 30, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. Virginia

    Glen Beck is a crying lying buffoon. How anyone could take him seriously is beyond me. I am sorry for the thousands of brain dead people in this country that have been taken in by him. Thankfully, there are more people that consider him a clown than believe his claptrap.

    August 30, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Jilli

    What I missed?

    How about the point of the whole nonsensical event. Outside of Becks self-promotion, and the lobbyists hold on those in attendance, was there a point? They blew all the old familiar dog-whistles and spoke in generalities that end up meaning nothing. Yeah, liberties, freedom, patriotism, blah blah blah. Just empty pandering to the empty headed.

    Listening to Beck speak on religion was the comedic portion of the event though. That was laughable.

    August 30, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. The reality is...

    Tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands the fact is: EACH one there represents the hundreds who couldn't attend the rally but support the cause 100%. This is the new "silent majority". The proof will be in November.

    August 30, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. A True Centrist

    I'll preface this with I do not watch his show on FoxNews and I do not listen to his radio show. With that said, the estimates of 80,000 people is absurd. I saw the pictures posted on cnn and there were at least 200,000 people there. I'm not sure where the people came from, I'm not sure why they would have attended...but it's clear to me that he carries a lot of power and is a force BOTH parties should be worried about. The Dems should be worried because he motivates and stirs up the far right, while the Republicans should be worried because he's borderline crazy.

    August 30, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. clr

    I appreciate all of the honor shown to our troops the other day. They definitely deserve it!

    August 30, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. Dave L

    Well, if lying, spewing hate and fear-mongering are honorable, then Mr. Beck is one of the most honorable people in the USA.

    August 30, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. Muffet

    It is amazing how the crazies throw BS on the camera lenses and hope it sticks. Beck is nothing more than an opportunist.

    August 30, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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